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Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X Full description.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Synfig Studio 1.0
a new frontier for open-source 2D animation software

Completely reworked UI
The user interface was completely reworked for a more intuitive and user-friendly experience.
Enjoy the Single-Window mode, powered by the modern GTK3 libraries!

Bones
Use the full-featured bone system to create cutout animation using bitmap images or control your vector artwork.

Advanced image distortion
Apply complex deformations to your bitmap artwork using the new Skeleton Distortion layer.

Cutout Tool
Cut your bitmap images right in the Synfig! The new Cutout Tool provides the non-destructive editing, so you never have to worry about cutting a wrong part.

Sound support
The new Sound Layer provides basic features for syncing your animation with soundtrack.
Linux users can get all benefits of full-featured audio editors through the JACK integration.

Dynamics animations
Enhance your animation with automatic friction effects using the new Dynamics converter.

More for the future
Check out the experimental features, that lay a foundation for the further growing of Synfig:
New SFG file format with the possibility to embed all linked media.
Image painting engine with MyPaint brushes.
Preliminary support for frame-by-frame animation.

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All features / Full description:
Spatial resolution-independence
Most elements are vector-based, and all layers are parametrically generated, hence even when changing the target resolution of a project, the only pixelation will occur in imported raster images, not the built-in components.
Temporal resolution independence
Animation-keyframes are automatically interpolated by the computer, resulting in smooth motion
High Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDRI)
By using floating-point math in the image calculations, HDRI processing allows canvases to internally understand a far greater range of pixel luminance, resulting in better lighting effects, and improved color composition.
Pentablet-friendly tools
The draw tool already reads the pressure sensitivity channel off your favorite tablets, for natural line weighting, and more to come!
Artist-oriented design
While it may not be obvious in this early state, Synfig (and its proprietary predecessors) has been designed from the ground up with animation workflow in mind.
Path-based Gradients
Unlike purely SVG-based vector software, and most consumer-level animation programs, Synfig has full support for gradient paths - gradients that follow along a drawn shape. This allows artists to easily add soft shading to animation without the trouble of painting it onto every frame.
Layers
Synfig supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal and a few others.





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